One of golf’s greatest international showcases, the Ryder Cup, will be postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from ESPN’s Bob Harig.
The Ryder Cup, a biennial men’s team competition between elite golfers from Europe and the United States, was scheduled to take place Sept. 25-27 in Sheboygan, Wisc. Harig’s report estimates that the event will take place around the same time of year in 2021.
That means the Presidents Cup — similar to the Ryder, except it’s a team of non-Europeans facing the Americans — will be pushed back to 2022 instead of going ahead in the fall of 2021 as initially planned.
The PGA Tour has been back in action for weeks, albeit without fans. Part of the decision to postpone the Ryder Cup was that the idea of hosting the event without spectators was “particularly unappealing” to many of the golfers involved, Harig writes.
In 2018, Europe won the Ryder Cup on home soil, 17.5 to 10.5. Since 1979, when the competition’s current iteration took effect, Europe holds an 11-8-1 record against the U.S.